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Issue #394 -- 7/8/05

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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  1. EDITORIAL: FALLING BEHIND THE AYATOLLAHS AND THE COMMUNISTS
    Iran and Communist China are overtaking the United States in reforming policies lying at the intersection of the drug war and AIDS.
  2. FEATURE: THE DOWNING STREET DRUG MEMO
    A suppressed British government report told Tony Blair two years ago the drug war has failed.
  3. FEATURE: TWO MILLION IS TOO MANY -- GRASSROOTS MARCH AGAINST MASS IMPRISONMENT AIMS AT WASHINGTON, DC
    A broad and diverse coalition is coming together next month to protest the mass incarceration of their loved ones, friends, and countrymen.
  4. FEATURE: DAMN MAD DAD USES ANCIENT VIDEO CLIPS IN ANTI-MEDICAL MARIJUANA SMEAR CAMPAIGN
    A New York anti-drug activist has edited together video clips from more than ten years ago to attempt to smear the medical marijuana issue. But the tape fails to deliver the damning evidence its maker promises.
  5. ANNOUNCEMENT: SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE TO DRUG POLICY REFORM CONFERENCE IN LONG BEACH THIS NOVEMBER
    Are you an activist who wants to go to the national drug reform conferences but can never afford it? There may be a scholarship for you.
  6. THE LONG MARCH: NOW ADOPTS STANCE OPPOSING DRUG WAR -- AFTER PRODDING FROM ACTIVISTS
    Meeting for its annual convention in Knoxville last weekend, the National Organization for Women (http://www.now.org) approved a resolution opposing the current drug war and calling instead for an approach to drug use, abuse, and addiction that emphasizes compassion, health, and human rights.
  7. CAMPUS: EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ERROR ON HEA DRUG PROVISION DETERRED PEOPLE WITH DRUG CONVICTIONS FROM APPLYING FOR STUDENT AID
    The US Dept. of Education last week fixed an error on its financial aid web site that deterred some would-be students with drug convictions who might have regained their eligibility. But the deadline for applying had passed the day before.
  8. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week we have a Texas twofer featuring a wheeling-dealing sheriff and a pot-selling cop, a New Hampshire drug task force with problems, yet another drug-dealing prison guard in New Mexico, and a coke-selling cop in Tennessee.
  9. LATIN AMERICA: BRAZIL RECOGNIZES HARM REDUCTION
    Harm reduction programs such as needle exchanges have been underway in Brazil for at least 15 years, but have always operated in the legal shadows. Not anymore.
  10. ASIA: INDONESIA COURT REOPENS CORBY TRIAL FOR NEW WITNESSES
    In a surprise move, the court that convicted Schapelle Corby of marijuana smuggling and sentenced her to 20 years has agreed to hear new witnesses that supporters say could win her freedom.
  11. ASIA: GAO WARNS AFGHANISTAN EFFORT ENDANGERED BY DRUGS, TERRORISTS
    Afghanistan is in danger of once again become a "haven for terrorists," according to the US Government Accountability Office, and "limited" progress in suppressing Afghanistan's booming opium trade is a factor.
  12. METHAMPHETAMINE: IN MOVE TO RESTORE FUNDING CUTS, LOCAL OFFICIALS DUB METH PUBLIC ENEMY #1
    A raft of news articles about methamphetamine accompanied the release of a police chiefs survey. But the subtext was funding.
  13. OPIATE MAINTENANCE: KING COUNTY (SEATTLE) SEEKS APPROVAL TO PROVIDE METHADONE FOR IMPRISONED ADDICTS
    King County, Washington's jail hopes to become the second in the country to provide methadone maintenance to imprisoned addicts.
  14. REPORT: TAXPAYERS FOR COMMON SENSE ON FAILED ANTI-MARIJUANA POLICY
    A report by the nonpartisan think tank Taxpayers for Common Sense has criticized government spending against marijuana.
  15. WEB SCAN
    Change The Climate Flash Animation, Pain and the Law Report, Boston and Providence Phoenix on Medical Marijuana
  16. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  17. JOB OPPORTUNITIES: ACLU DRUG LAW REFORM PROJECT
    The ACLU Drug Law Reform Project is hiring for the positions of National Field Organizer and Advocacy Associate.
  18. JOB OPPORTUNITY: STUDENTS FOR SENSIBLE DRUG POLICY
    Students for Sensible Drug Policy is seeking applications for the position of Legislative Director.
  19. JOB OPPORTUNITY: ACLU OF WASHINGTON DRUG LAW REFORM PROJECT
    The ACLU of Washington is seeking a Campaign Manager for the Drug Law Reform Project in its Seattle office.
  20. ERRATA
    Moises Hernandez Case
  21. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
    Showing up at an event can be the best way to get involved! Check out this week's listings for events from today through next year, across the US and around the world!

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